Mark Harrison

Mark is a writer from Middlesbrough, who once drunkenly tried (and failed) to pitch a film about his hometown to a director from Pixar. Fortunately, he also has several other projects on the boil, including feature film scripts, and writing and performing comedy sketches with Cheap Craic. His writing for Den Of Geek is largely either about Doctor Who, or the question "What does Hollywood think it's playing at?" Mark also reviews new cinema releases and TV shows at The Mad Prophet.

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Recent articles by Mark Harrison

The East review

Mark Harrison Review Jul 3, 2013

Another Earth's Brit Marling writes and stars in the eco-thriller, The East. Here's Mark's review of a thought-provoking film...

Will World War Z lead to more big budget horror movies?

Mark Harrison Feature Jul 1, 2013

Costing a reported $200m, World War Z is an unusually expensive horror film. Will it encourage Hollywood to do the same again, Mark asks...

The Iceman review

Mark Harrison Review Jun 10, 2013

Michael Shannon may be about to hit the big time as General Zod, but he proves his excellent in The Iceman too...

The no-killing rule in comic book movies

Iron Man
Mark Harrison Feature May 7, 2013

Is Iron Man a cold-blooded murderer? Mark explores the eroding no-killing rule in recent comic book blockbusters...

Looking ahead to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Mark Harrison Feature May 1, 2013

With The Avengers closing Marvel's Phase One, Mark looks ahead to the movies the studio has in store for Phase Two...

Are female-led blockbusters finally here to stay?

Mark Harrison Feature Apr 9, 2013

Does the success of The Hunger Games, and the recent arrival of The Host, hint at the rise of the female-led blockbuster, Mark wonders...

The Host review

Mark Harrison Review Apr 2, 2013

Saoirse Ronan stars in the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyers' The Host. Here's what we thought...

What does the future hold for DreamWorks Animation?

DreamWorks
Mark Harrison Feature Mar 25, 2013

The Croods is the latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. But what does the future hold for the studio? Mark takes a look...

What does Argo's Best Picture win really mean?

Mark Harrison Feature Feb 28, 2013

Has the Academy's revised Best Picture rules made the category more predictable, and what does Argo's win this year mean in the long term?

Beautiful Creatures review

Mark Harrison Review Feb 18, 2013

Poor box office may prevent Beautiful Creatures from inheriting Twilight's crown. It deserves a stab at it, though.

Has improvisation harmed movie comedy?

Mark Harrison Feature Feb 15, 2013

As Judd Apatow's ad-lib-heavy This Is 40 hits UK cinemas, Mark wonders what effect improv has had on comedy cinema...

Why are ensemble casts so popular in films?

Mark Harrison Feature Feb 12, 2013

Are movies increasingly relying on ensemble casts rather than one bankable star? Mark looks at a growing trend...

Using the F-word in PG-13/12A movies

Mark Harrison Feature Jan 17, 2013

The restrictions set by the US ratings board mean the F-word can only be used once in a PG-13 movie. Mark looks at its impact on films...

Awards snubs and the Golden Raspberry nominations

Mark Harrison Feature Jan 10, 2013

Have the Golden Raspberries become as predictable as the Oscars? Mark looks over this year's nominations...

Looking back at 2005's The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Mark Harrison Feature Jan 3, 2013

The 2005 adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy divided fans. Mark takes a look back...

Top 10 films of 2012: Skyfall

Mark Harrison Feature Dec 26, 2012

Bond's 50th anniversary got the film it deserved with Skyfall. Mark explains why it belongs in our top 10 films of the year...

The 10 underrated film performances of 2012

Mark Harrison Top 10 Dec 19, 2012

As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in this year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...

Doctor Who Christmas specials: the real blockbusters?

Mark Harrison Feature Dec 14, 2012

Mark reflects on the changing nature of the Doctor Who Christmas Special, and their growing role as the true festive blockbusters...

What makes the last instalment of a movie franchise special?

Mark Harrison Feature Nov 30, 2012

In a year that's seen the Dark Knight and Twilight franchises come to an end, Mark celebrates a few particularly fine final instalments...

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 review

Mark Harrison Review Nov 16, 2012

Does the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 2, send the franchise out on a high?

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